Columbia University Archives

South Africa Divestment Records, 1972-1987

Series I: Central Administration, 1972-1987

The Central Administration Series, which contains the majority of the records in the collection, documents the deliberations over divestment between Presidents McGill and Sovern, the Board of Trustees, the University Senate, students, alumni, and faculty. The series contains the official resolutions and statements by the Trustees and its Finance Committee (led by Anthony Knerr), the Senate, as well as the Ad Hoc Committee on University Investments in Corporations Doing Business in South Africa. Other materials include background research and reports on South Africa and corporate responsibility, meeting notes and memos, and stockholder reports. There is also correspondence with related stakeholders including companies, Columbia students and alumni, and administrators from other universities. Box 3, labeled South Africa I-XI, contains records sent to and from Marion Jemmott, the University Secretary in the early 1980s, who was responsible for supporting the work of the Board of Trustees. The rest of the folders contain materials from the Office of the President.

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Box 1 Folder 8-9 Corporate Responsibility 1979, 1972-1979

Box 1 Folder 7 Trustees Statement on South Africa June 5, 1978, 1973-1979

Box 1 Folder 15 President McGill Statement, 1973-1978

Box 1 Folder 5-6 Correspondence, 1977-1978

Box 4 Folder 2-3 Memos and Correspondence, 1977-1979

Box 1 Folder 14 Corporate Responsibility Ethical Guidelines, 1978

Box 2 Folder 1 Statements and Correspondence, 1978

Box 1 Folder 16 Corporate Responsibility Statements I, 1978-1979

Box 2 Folder 2 Morgan Guaranty Information South Africa, 1978-1979

Box 2 Folder 3-4 Corporate Responsibility, 1978-1979

Box 2 Folder 5-6 Corporate Responsibility Columbia University Statements II, 1978-1979

Box 1 Folder 12-13 South Africa: 1980-1981, 1978-1981

Box 2 Folder 9 Sullivan Principles Reports, 1978-1982

Box 4 Folder 4 Memos and Correspondence, 1978-1987

Box 1 Folder 10-11 Corporate Responsibility 1979 II, 1979-1980

Box 4 Folder 16 Time Running Out: The Report of the Study Commission on U.S. Policy Toward Southern Africa, 1981

Box 3 Folder 1-18 South Africa I-XI, 1981-1987

Box 3 contains folders labeled South Africa I-XI, which come from University Secretary Marion Jemmott and contain a variety of materials related to divestment and to the Board of Trustees' role in the process. The original folder order and titles were maintained.

Box 2 Folder 10 South Africa, 1982

Box 2 Folder 7-8 South Africa, 1982-1983

Box 4 Folder 12 Michael Sovern Notes and Resources on Divestment, 1983

Box 2 Folder 15-16 Trustees Statement, 1983-1984

Box 4 Folder 1 Trustees Statements, Meeting Notes and Memos, 1983-1984

Box 2 Folder 11 Columbia University Current Material on South African Investments, 1984

Box 2 Folder 12 Columbia University South Africa Related Investments: Background Material, 1984

Box 2 Folder 13-14 Columbia University Analysis of South Africa Proxy Resolutions, 1984

Box 1 Folder 3-4 Reports, 1984-1985

Box 1 Folder 1 One Step in the Wrong Direction: An Analysis of the Sullivan Principles as a Strategy for Opposing Apartheid, 1985

Box 1 Folder 2 United States Congreess Anti-Apartheid Act, 1985